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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-10-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 935
Posted By RalphG
Re: Batter Tender

Battery life varies so much that I don't think it makes much difference how you "maintain" them. I've had new batteries fail in a year (rarely). Some make it 7. I've had a tractor run 15 years on a...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-09-2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 935
Posted By RalphG
Re: Batter Tender

I've never seen any need for a battery tender on older vehicles and machinery. Newer stuff does drain a battery while parked for weeks or months but the old ones don't. I leave batteries on the farm...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-08-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,979
Posted By RalphG
Re: Do You Carry a Container of Gas in your Trunk?

I think the weather and how you store them is a big factor in the lifespan of plastic fuel containers. I think my oldest is a 5 gallon red plastic container that I bought in 1974. I've broken a spout...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-07-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By RalphG
Re: Patching Trunk Floor

You might have missed in the video where it showed the gas tank is out of the car. I did have a piece of sheet metal screwed and pop riveted in place for a few years but I'm trying to make something...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-07-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By RalphG
Re: Patching Trunk Floor

Just from memory I don't think EMS makes a trunk floor for the Mercs. A lot of the body side and floor panels will be the same on the Ford but they do point out a few differences.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-07-2019, 10:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By RalphG
Re: Patching Trunk Floor

Yes, I will probably make a new access door for the sending unit once I'm sure of it's location for the Meteor tank. I don't think I'll be spending $400 on a new tank made specifically to fit the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-06-2019, 08:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By RalphG
Patching Trunk Floor

Since it has been pointed out to me how dangerous and irresponsible I am for running a plastic marine tank in the trunk of my 52 Mercury, some of you will be relieved to hear I am taking steps to...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-06-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 424
Posted By RalphG
Re: Hot today

Got up to the thawing point here the last few days so it was nice working out in the shop with the South door open for some solar heat. I could even take my mitts off to do some welding etc. That is...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-02-2019, 01:28 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,979
Posted By RalphG
Re: Do You Carry a Container of Gas in your Trunk?

Just to add fuel to the fire (pun intended) our common method of getting an old vehicle started and running,, bypassing a rusty dirty fuel tank, was to use a plastic oil jug sitting beside the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,979
Posted By RalphG
Re: Do You Carry a Container of Gas in your Trunk?

I guess it is a minor miracle I have survived over 60 years working around machinery and hazardous materials unscathed considering my cavalier attitude to safety.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2019, 07:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By RalphG
Re: 52 Merc fender replacement

Thanks for fixing that link. I hadn't stopped to check it but assumed it was right. Apparently not.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,979
Posted By RalphG
Re: Do You Carry a Container of Gas in your Trunk?

40 years ago I'd agree, gas fumes were pretty volatile. We used to light fires and use a little gas as an accelerant out in the bush piles. And yes, throwing a lit match would have an explosion...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,979
Posted By RalphG
Re: Do You Carry a Container of Gas in your Trunk?

This will come as no surprise to some that know me but I do have a plastic container of gas in the trunk of the 52 Merc. In fact it is my gas tank! The original tank rusted away to dust years ago and...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By RalphG
52 Merc fender replacement

The final (I think) video of swapping fenders on the Merc. The 53 parts car had pretty nice and relatively rust free front fenders so I figured why not use them on the 52. The right front on the 52...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-29-2019, 02:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Posted By RalphG
Re: 337 flathead running

This one sounds nice. I wonder how fast the "Muntz Jet" was with it's Lincoln 337 flathead?
https://youtu.be/_ZecAAJwb18
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-25-2019, 01:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 599
Posted By RalphG
Re: Anybody experienced cast iron degradation?

Fire maybe? I've never seen a problem inside an engine but its pretty common for the cast exhaust manifolds to turn brittle and break during removal.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-25-2019, 01:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,095
Posted By RalphG
Re: Making an old radiator grill look good

Steel wool works wonders. I used it on every piece of stainless and chrome on my Mercury.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-24-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 152
Posted By RalphG
Merc Fender Removed

My crude repairs on the 52 Merc won't appeal to many but for the few that are interested in low buck farmer fixes to keep an old car on the road, here is the latest. Temp warmed up to near 40 degrees...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-23-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,930
Posted By RalphG
Re: tesla Truck

The Tesla truck is pretty ugly. If I had to drive an electric it would be one like this 49 Mercury built by Johnathon Ward of "Icon Derelict" fame.
And yes, if Ford built a brand new 70s vintage...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-23-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By RalphG
Re: Rusty Buckets

Mart, I'd say new rockers are on my "wish list" since I would also need a floor to weld them on to. Basically it needs a new floor and rockers. The chances of that happening are slim, but not...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-22-2019, 11:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By RalphG
Rusty Buckets

Just some video of me finally getting to work removing and replacing the rusty front fender on the Merc. I found the headlight bucket pretty rusty on the 52 fender so am going to use the one from the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-22-2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 471
Posted By RalphG
Re: Mart's Crusty Flatty. Teardown continues: Crank removal!

Its getting a bit cool in the workshop for that kind of stuff here. Plus I hate taking things apart now because the parts inevitably seem to get stored away (lost) and by the time I want to put it...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-17-2019, 11:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By RalphG
Re: 46 Merc Engine Questions

I had the same oil filler tube on the 46 Ford truck engine. All it had at the back was a vent above the fuel pump.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-17-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By RalphG
Re: 46 Merc Engine Questions

Head bolt heaters were common here. Dad had one on the 52 Merc. It got left out on the rebuild as my brother didn't think we would ever run it in cold weather. Far as I know the Mercury truck engine...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-17-2019, 09:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 411
Posted By RalphG
Re: C&G Rubber Parts

The C&G number is 8A-3025 for that rubber suspension bumper so I'd assume it is right. They were cheap enough that I ordered two even though the left side bumper is still in place. I don't know how...
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